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Aid to South Africa

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What is Aid to South Africa?

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The Honors College at West Chester University holds an ongoing commitment to causes in South Africa, strongly supported by former WCU Presidents Madeleine Wing Adler, Greg Weisenstein and current President Christopher Fiorentino. Since 1998, Honors Director Kevin Dean has paved the way and subsequently organized eleven teams of WCU students, faculty, and staff to travel to South Africa to participate in community-needs assessment projects and build upon long-held relationships with individuals on the other side of the globe.

For the 2021 season, our annual in-person carnival has been replaced with virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are still striving towards our mission of providing donations to promote childhood security, increase comfort for those impacted by poverty and HIV/AIDS, and provide food to impoverished areas in South Africa.

How do I get Involved?

Donate to our Cause

You can donate to our campaign that supports H.E.L.P. Ministries, Mosaic, and Nkosi’s Haven. Use our link

Become a sponsor

To donate a raffle, contact: Jessica Mitchell

To provide a monetary donation: Click Here


Due to the virtual nature of this year's events, we are not seeking volunteers at this time. If you would like to find out how you can be involved in other ways, contact Carly Lare

Who Does Aid to South Africa Benefit?

  • the H.E.L.P. Ministries soup kitchen
  • Nkosi’s Haven
  • Mosaic
Read more about who Aid to South Africa Benefits

Our Mission

  • Reduce Hunger
  • Provide comfort to AIDS victims
  • Raise awareness about both poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic going on within the country of South Africa

A Message From Dr. Kevin Dean

Director of Honors
Dr. Kevin Dean
Director of Honors

Through the graciousness of a leadership grant I received from the Kellogg Foundation, in March of 1997, I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa. In countless ways, South Africa became a ‘trip of a lifetime,’ or so I thought. Little could I have imagined that the people met, places seen, causes served, or lessons learned would have become such a central part of my professional and personal life.

The seeds of that initial experience have flowered into the development of a course that has reached over 800 WCU students. Since 2001, over 200 have traveled to South Africa and have seen immense beauty juxtaposed with the widespread poverty. Our students perform community needs assessments surrounding children affected by HIV/AIDS. The intellectual service WCU students provide highlight interpersonal engagement and opportunities for students to form one-to-one relationships with those who suffer and strive for a hopeful tomorrow. The eye-opening, heartbreaking, and inspiring moments that the students felt in South Africa contributed to the drive behind the Aid to South Africa event.

It is with pleasure that a devoted group of WCU faculty, Honors Program students, and I have begun work for our tenth student/faculty research/service project to South Africa in spring of 2019. I am confident that this experience will open additional doors to unanticipated opportunities for all participants.

The funds raised at the Aid to South Africa Event go directly towards the H. E. L. P. Ministry Soup Kitchen, Nkosi’s Haven, an HIV/AIDS orphanage and hospice center, and Mosaic, an organization that addresses the needs of families living in poverty. West Chester students who have gone to the soup kitchen have been touched and shocked by the incredible work these organizations have done. Every day, hundreds of children are provided with a cup of soup and slice of bread. For most of these children, it will be their only meal of the day.

While scientific break throughs now provide children with drugs which keep them alive, the devastation of poverty remains. Most recently, the students who went to South Africa in 2018 witnessed inspiring moments through interaction with a grandmother caring for a sick child, an orphaned pre-teen caring for siblings, and a community member who opened a two-room dwelling to six or more unrelated children who would otherwise literally live in the street. These relationships contribute to our passion behind Aid to South Africa.

Dr. Kevin Dean
Professor, Communication Studies
Director, Honors College

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A2SA 20-21 Newsletter


To Sign Up for the Virtual 5k (4/10 all day):

The entirety of the 5k registration is a donation to the Aid to South Africa cause!

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